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Jacobs, T.J. (1993). Response. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 74:1140-1145.

(1993). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 74:1140-1145


Theodore J. Jacobs

I am pleased to have the opportunity to respond to these two most interesting and challenging discussions, and I thank Drs Green and Wender for undertaking the task of discussing my paper.

I will begin with Dr Green's remarks.

I should say, firstly, that in accepting Dr Tyson's kind invitation to submit a paper for this Congress, I understood my task to be one of describing certain experiences I had had in sessions, as a way of contributing to the intriguing question that concerns us here: what takes place in the mind of the analyst between listening and interpretation? I had no thought of presenting a full account of an analytic case, making a statement about how analysis should be conducted, or defending a particular theory or technique. Nor was it my purpose to write a scholarly paper replete with references (for which omission Dr Green has taken me to task). I wished simply to share the thoughts and fantasies that arose in my mind during one hour as a springboard for discussion of the topic of this meeting.

I was surprised, then, not only by the tone of Dr Green's remarks but by the substance of his discussion. On the slightest of evidence he undertakes a searching criticism, not only of the analytic hour that I presented, but of my overall analytic approach.

I find myself, therefore, in the unexpected, and decidedly uncomfortable, position of having to defend, not only my work with Mr V in the session that I described, but my way of thinking and functioning as an analyst.

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